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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:26pm

      Berry (heel) is active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

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      Analysis: This comes as no surprise, as it was reported earlier Sunday that Berry was expected to play. The veteran safety has suited up in only two games this season, but he nonetheless serves as a valuable presence in the Chiefs secondary for the AFC Championship Game.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:25pm

      Benjamin (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

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      Analysis: With the receiving corps otherwise intact, Benjamin will be in street clothes for a second consecutive contest. Behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, expect Chris Conley to step into three-wide sets, while Demarcus Robinson and Gehrig Dieter pick up any lingering snaps.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:18pm

      Kessler completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 709 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions over five games in 2018.

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      Analysis: Kessler took over at quarterback for the benched Blake Bortles and started four games, contests in which the Jaguars scored only two offensive touchdowns before Bortles reclaimed starting duties for the season finale. Kessler was acquired by Jacksonville from Cleveland last March and had no real competition for the backup quarterback job, which even at the time was a curious decision. Both Bortles and Kessler and under contract for 2019, but the Jaguars are unlikely to remain static at the position following the offensive disaster in 2018.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:15pm

      Ware (hamstring) is active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Available to the Chiefs offense for the first time since Dec. 9, Ware's presence makes for a cluttered backfield. He likely will serve in a complementary role to Damien Williams, who has averaged 101.2 yards from scrimmage per game and scored seven touchdowns over the last five contests. Over the course of his career, Ware boasts an average of 4.6 yards per carry and has hauled in 59 of his 71 targets (83.1 percent), a skill set that may be put to use versus New England's 21st-ranked defense.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 2:03pm

      Randall finished the 2018 season with a career-high 84 tackles (72 total) and four interceptions.

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      Analysis: Sent from Green Bay to Cleveland via a trade, Randall's first season with the Browns was a success. He intercepted four passes for the second consecutive season and paced the secondary in tackles. Randall has one year left on his contract and will likely return as the team's starting free safety in 2019.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 1:55pm

      While Hilliard didn't receive a carry, Hilliard caught nine of 10 targets for 105 yards in 2018.

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      Analysis: Hilliard joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent this past offseason and was eventually promoted to the practice squad in early October. He was used mostly on special teams, but the rookie showed his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield when he caught four passes for 40 yards against the Texans in Week 13. He'll likely fight for a roster spot in 2019.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 1:55pm

      Ankou had four tackles (two solo) in two games during 2018.

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      Analysis: Ankou was saddled by a calf issue for a few weeks during the season, but he was a healthy scratch for most of the campaign. The 24-year-old could see expanded opportunity in 2019 should Malik Jackson or Marcell Dareus end up a cap casualty, but he's unlikely to serve in more than a rotational role.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 1:46pm

      Jones had 29 tackles (21 solo) and one sack in 15 games this season.

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      Analysis: Jones started six of the final seven games of the season, as he eventually overtook Malik Jackson for a starting spot at defensive tackle. Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Eli Ankou and Jones are all under contract for next season. However, the Jaguars are in dire need of salary relief, considering Jackson and Dareus each carry cap hits exceeding $10 million. Therefore, it's likely at least one of the two is released.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 1:37pm

      Hill won't return to Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Rams due to a concussion, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

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      Analysis: The diagnosis is the result of a legal hit to Hill's helmet at the conclusion of a 24-yard catch and run in the first quarter. With Hill joining Ben Watson (appendicitis) on the sideline, the Saints' tight end corps has been whittled down to Garrett Griffin and Dan Arnold.

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    • Sun, Jan 20, 12:57pm

      Vaccaro had 58 tackles (17 solo), two sacks and one interception in 13 starts this season.

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      Analysis: Vaccaro signed with the Titans in August after Jonathan Cyprien suffered a torn ACL, and he served as the team's starting strong safety except for three games he missed due to a dislocated elbow. The 27-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new league year. Tennessee is seemingly set at safety with Cyprien and Kevin Byard, but the team could still re-sign Vaccaro to be the No. 3 safety and serve in a hybrid role.

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